2000 Free Software Awards
Description of Award Ceremony
The 2000 Free Software Foundation Award Ceremony was held at the
Museum of Jewish Art and History in Paris, France on the evening of 1
February 2001. The ceremony was sponsored by Aurora, Idealx, and VA
Linux Systems. The Association for
Promotion and Research in Libre Computing (APRIL), the French
associate organization of the Free Software Foundation Europe,
organized the ceremony. Proceeds from the event went to benefit
the Free Software Foundation
Richard Stallman presented the award, a one-of-a-kind handmade quilt,
to Brian Paul for his ground-breaking work on the Mesa 3D Graphics
Brian Paul was chosen from three finalists for the award. The other
finalists were Donald Becker, for his network device drivers for the
GNU/Linux system and Patrick Lenz for his work on freshmeat.net.
At the ceremony, additional awards were also distributed. Georg
C. F. Greve, president designate of the FSF Europe, presented Daniel
Riek with a certificate of appreciation for his seminal funding of the
Free Software Foundation Europe. Frederic Couchet, president of
APRIL, presented Loic Dachary with an award commemorating his
unwavering support and contributions to free software over the past 14
A Full press release for the event,
in English, German and French, is available.
and German-only versions are
Movie of the Ceremony
An MPEG-2 movie of the event is available
http://audio-video.gnu.org/. Beware: it is a very
big file (1.1 GB).
The movie was captured and encoded using free software. Since it's
not yet mature, no streamed view is available, the stream is somewhat
buggy and you must expect to experience software bugs when reading it.
Hopefully this will encourage developers to build better free software
to capture and display
Massiot wrote a
complete description of the capture process. The movie can be viewed with the
VideoLAN Client, version 0.2.5
or later, a solution developed for MPEG-2 streaming on a LAN.
It's worth mentioning
that VideoLAN was
under the GPL by Ecole Centrale de
Paris for the occasion, after active lobbying from the IDEALX team
and all the VideoLAN project
members involved in the operation.
Text Transcript of the Ceremony
A text transcript
of the event is available.
Still Photos of the Ceremony
Olivier Berger took some still photos of the ceremony: